Hong Kong Ballet Performs at Mason This Weekend

Posted: November 15, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Pu Yi, born on Feb. 17, 1906, became the Emperor of China at the age of two years, ten months. With ingenious set design, sumptuous costumes, and virtuosic movement, the Hong Kong Ballet brings the tragic story of Yi to the stage at the Center for the Arts in a production of The Last Emperor. There will be two performances, on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Pre-performance talks are scheduled 45 minutes prior to each show on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Hong Kong Ballet’s lavish and colorful dance drama, choreographed by Wayne Eagling, is based on the Bernardo Bertolucci film of the same name, and features music by Su Cong, an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe winner. The Last Emperor, perhaps the Hong Kong Ballet’s most ambitious project, was created to mark the occasion of the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. This performance marks its Washington, D.C. area premiere.

Tickets for the performance are $50, $42, and $25. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com.

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